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Residents ‘fed up’ of caravan plans on Lincolnshire's coast

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

Residents ‘fed up’ of caravan plans on Lincolnshire's coast
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PLANS for 235 new caravan pitches have sparked a row over whether a coastal village can cope with more holiday homes.

Next week councillors will discuss plans for two new developments in Chapel St Leonards.

But fed-up residents say the existing infrastructure is struggling to manage and claim “enough is enough”.

Proposals for an additional 95 static caravans on Trunch Lane, Chapel St Leonards, were submitted to East Lindsey District Council by East Park Leisure on October 8.

In a separate application, Anchor Leisure is looking to extend its Golden Palm site on Skegness Road with 140 extra static caravans, a water feature, multi-use games area, tennis court and children's play area.

East Lindsey District Councillor for Chapel St Leonards, Fiona Brown, said: “These are quite big developments – people need to know what is happening and have an opportunity to comment.

“Clearly there are economic benefits but I don’t think we have done enough research about the downsides to it.

“It is a bubbling issue – something like £20m comes out of the local health services annually for temporary residents.

“We have 2,500 properties in Chapel St Leonards and are approaching 6,500 caravans.

“If caravans were so beneficial, why would Skegness be at the top of the list in deprivation indices?

“We love caravans and welcome tourists, but we are looking for a more intelligent debate.”

Residents’ objections to the Trunch Road application, which has earmarked 2.67 hectares of agricultural land off the A52, doubt the local infrastructure’s ability to accommodate higher numbers of seasonal visitors.

One submission to ELDC’s website said: “Our drains have never been updated, our roads are mainly only fit for one-way traffic and our village shops are in decline.

“We, as rate-payers, pay the general upkeep of this area, and the village is not kept up to standard.

“Enough is enough – no more caravans.”

Anchor Leisure’s application, which is situated on a 4.58 hectare plot of land has received a mixed response, with five resident letters in support and eight against.

Those in favour of the application include a local taxi driver, an apprentice plumber and a business owner.

One college student wrote: “I feel it is imperative businesses are allowed to grow to help fulfil some of the younger generation’s potential - with local jobs and good apprenticeships.”

Gary Clements, former chair of the Lincolnshire branch of The British Holiday & Home Parks Association, reiterated the fact that the local economy was reliant on tourism.

He said: “These are people’s livelihoods we are talking about. We are a holiday resort – that is what we are.

“The benefit of getting more people here and brining in business could enable doctor’s surgeries to pull more money in and employ more doctors.

“People who come here to retire know it’s a nice place and must accept it.

“It is no different from people moving from the town to the countryside and complaining about the smell of manure.”

Both applications will be discussed at a meeting of East Lindsey District Council’s Planning Committee on December 12.

Anchor Leisure and East Park Leisure were contacted, but neither provided a response.

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  • Steve_Lincoln  |  December 09 2013, 7:47PM

    Chapel St Leonards is just a holiday village. Without the caravans there is nothing, so don't bite the hand that feeds you!

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